Why is the planned Central Corridor LRT route, from 29th Avenue to the TCF Bank Stadium , on the existing transit right-of-way, while the route east of 29th Avenue, heading toward St. Paul, is in the middle of University Avenue?
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It appears to involve some kind of deal between the University of Minnesota and MNDOT/Met Council, the agency responsible for acquiring the right-of-way for the planned Central Corridor project.
According to Bob Baker, the U’s parking czar, http://www.mnartists.org/uploads/users/user_3287/aa20c9226d7f3b7c5f3c10bc5a5b5007/aa20c9226d7f3b7c5f3c10bc5a5b5007.jpg the entire transitway, from the football stadium to the fairgrounds, was purchased from the railroad for $20 million. What is the University getting for the few blocks between 29th Avenue and the TCF Bank Stadium? Some new roads to feed the U’s big Parking business?